Ref. No. 99
||Feb. 18, 2002
||Memorial University engineering students bring home the gold in design competition
Students from Memorial University's Faculty of Engineering and Applied
Science came home from the Atlantic Engineering Competition (AEC) in
Moncton, New Brunswick with a gold medal in senior impromptu design and a
silver medal in entrepreneurial design. This annual competition, open to
universities in Atlantic Canada, gives engineering students an opportunity
to express their talents, and develop and evaluate their problem solving,
communication and design capabilities. The competition was held Feb. 8-10.
"It is great to see students taking the initiative and going to compete in
such an important event, " said Dr. R Seshadri, dean of Memorial's Faculty
of Engineering and Applied Science. "It has been three years since Memorial
has been represented at the Atlantic Engineering Competition and the fact
that they competed, without the advantage of previous experience, and
succeeded, is certainly a testament to the quality of our students."
The gold-winning competition consisted of designing and building a device
that could project a snowball fifty feet and hit a target. The closer to
the target the more points were awarded to each team. Term six students
Brad Coady, Rocky Taylor, James Legge and Mike Buckle, were given a garbage
bag of parts and ten hours to create something that could achieve
the given objective. The other team, term eight students Steve Taylor, Mark
Gillingham, Mark Simms and Colin Power, took home the silver medal for
their entrepreneurial design, which they call Distributed Embedded Modular
Architecture (DEMA). This system is used with autonomous underwater
vehicles. Instead of one computer controlling everything, all the tasks are
distributed out to separate parts of the vehicle. This design strategy
helps to ensure that when one piece of the system fails, it does not take
down the entire system.
The chance to compete at such a competition was a reward in itself,
according to engineering student Brad Coady. "The people you meet at these
conferences and competitions are the leading go-getters, the most
ambitious, the smartest, from engineering schools in Atlantic Canada," Mr.
Coady said. "They are the ones who will be the leading engineers of tomorrow."
The two winning teams will proceed to the Canadian Engineering Competition
to be held in Quebec City from March 7-10, 2002.
For further information, please contact Tracey Mills, information officer,
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of
Newfoundland at (709) 737-8287 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.